FANTASTIC MR FOX

 

Full Length: 90 mins

Reduced Length Version: 65 mins

 

Published by Schott Universal

"It captured Dahl's spirit in a musical language that challenged, entertained and never pandered, skillfully balancing dark and light....with Picker's lyric gift and dramatic sense, the opera was a captivating and witty entertainment." 

Wall Street Journal

Fantastic Mr Fox - Opera Holland Park
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Fantastic Mr Fox - Opera Holland Park
Fantastic Mr Fox - Opera San Antonio
Fantastic Mr Fox - Opera San Antonio
Fantastic Mr Fox - Opera San Antonio
Fantastic Mr Fox - Opera San Antonio
Fantastic Mr Fox - LA Opera
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FANTASTIC MR FOX

an opera

 

 

Music by Tobias Picker

Text Adapted by Donald Sturrock

 

Nine sold-out performances and audiences of over 25,000 testify to the success of the premiere production of this exciting work, which debuted at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles in December 1998. Gerald Finley scored a personal triumph in the title role, while critics praised the inventive and witty stage and costume designs of Gerald Scarfe and the direction of Donald Sturrock. 

The story of the battle between a family of foxes and a trio of devious farmers was the 

catalyst for a sophisticated, tuneful, witty and sometimes downright scary score from composer Tobias Picker which, as the Wall Street Journal described it, "captured Dahl's spirit in a musical language that challenged, entertained and never pandered, skillfully balancing dark and light....with Picker's lyric gift and dramatic sense, the opera was a captivating and witty entertainment." 

The 2019 recording by Boston Modern Opera Project and Gil Rose won the Best Opera category in the 2020 Grammy Awards.

Fantastic Mr Fox - Opera San Antonio 2014

Fox Fantastic

"Everything that makes opera successful"

My San Antonio

"it deserves a life beyond West London"

The Observer

"immediately appealing, and gave new audiences an easy climb over opera's building blocks of arias, duets and ensembles. Fantastic Mr Fox pleased its audiences and deserves to be widely performed."

BBC Music Magazine

"Picker’s score is an evocative gemischt of styles and references built on a handsome, spikily tonal framework."

Classical Voice America

"an hour of fun for all ages"

Country Life Magazine

CAST LIST

Baritone

Mezzo-Soprano

Boy 

Boy

Girl 

Girl

 

Bass

Tenor

Bass-Baritone

 

Soprano

Mezzo-Soprano

 

Soprano

Baritone

Tenor

Mezzo-Soprano

Tenor

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Mrs. Fox

Bennie Foxcub

Lennie Foxcub

Jennie Foxcub

Pennie Foxcub

 

Farmer Boggis

Farmer Bunce

Farmer Bean

 

Mavis the Tractor

Agnes the Digger

 

Miss Hedgehog

Badger the Miner

Burrowing Mole

Rita the Rat

Mr. Porcupine

 

Chorus of Trees

Various Geese and Chickens

TRANSLATIONS

German translation available by Frank Wenzel

 

RECORDING

Boston Modern Orchestra Project - this recording won the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording

For more about Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox:

http://www.roalddahl.com/roald-dahl/stories/1970s/fantastic-mr-fox

ORCHESTRATIONS

for adult and child singers, children's chorus and orchestra

 

Full Orchestra Version:

2(1.afl,2.pic).2(2.ca).2(2.bcl).2(2.cbsn)-4.2.2.1-timp.2perc(glsp, xyl, vib, mar, crash cym, cym (pair), h.h, 2gongs, s.d, low dr, 6toms, b.d, 2tempbl)-hp.pno-str(10.9.6.8.4)

 

Reduced Orchestra Version:

1(pic,afl).1(ca).1(bcl).1(cbsn)-2.1.0.1-timp.1perc(xyl, vib, mar, crash cym, cym (pair), h.h, 2gongs, s.d, 6toms, b.d, 2tempbl)-hp.pno-str(vn.va.vc.db)

 

Chamber Version:

0.0.1(bcl).1-0.0.0.0-perc(b.d, tempbl ,cym, s.d, gong, tom-t, xyl ratchet)-pno-vn.va.vc

 

Chamber Version/Reduced Length:

 0.0.1(bcl).1-0.0.0.0-perc(b.d, tempbl ,cym, s.d, gong, tom-t, xyl, ratchet)-pno-vn.va.vc

PERFORMANCES

WORLD PREMIERE

Los Angeles Opera, 1998

 

EUROPEAN PREMIERE

English Touring Opera, 2011

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF REDUCED VERSION

Opera Holland Park, 2010

 

OTHERS

DiCapo Opera, New York, 2009

Microscopic Opera, Pittsburgh, 2011

Opera San Antonio, 2014

Boston Modern Orchestra Project, 2014

Opera Kansas 2018

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